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Why Himanta Sarma says polygamy, child marriage are not election issues

Titabor, Assam, April 9: Terming polygamy, child marriage and other subjects related to 'Miya' community as non-issues in Lok Sabha elections, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that he was raising these problems as he wants social transformation of the minorities and not their votes. In an interview with news agency PTI at Titabor in Jorhat, Mr Sarma also said that there will be "contest" in three out of 14 Lok Sabha seats where the BJP-led NDA is fighting in Assam, while it will be a clean sweep for...
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“Stop child marriage, polygamy, encourage women education”: Himanta Sarma

Guwahati, March 24: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asserted that Bengali-speaking Muslims must forsake practices like child marriage and polygamy to be considered 'khilonjiya' indigenous people of the state. Sarma had also previously held the Bengali-speaking Muslim community of the state, most of whom have roots in Bangladesh, responsible for these social evils. "Whether 'Miyas' (Bengali-speaking Muslims) are indigenous or not is a different matter. What we are saying is that if they try to be 'indigenous', we have no problem. But for that, they have to forsake...

Ending child marriage should be in poll manifesto: NGO

SAMBALPUR, MARCH 11: Free and compulsory education for all children under the age of 18 can play a pivotal role in ending child marriage as there is an inverse relationship between education and child marriage, revealed a research paper titled 'Educate to End Child Marriage: Exploring linkages and role of education in elevating age at marriage for girls in India'. Sharing the insights of the research, a city based NGO Association For Develpoment And Research In Socio-economic Activities (ADARSA) on Saturday appealed political parties to take up the matter in...
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Over 1,000 held in second phase of crackdown against child marriage in Assam

Guwahati, October 3: More than 1,000 people were arrested on Tuesday in the second phase of a state-wide crackdown against child marriage in Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. During the first round of the drive earlier this year, thousands were held across the state. “In a massive crackdown against child marriage, Assam Police has arrested over 800 accused persons in a special operation, which began in the early hours of dawn,” Sarma said on X. Later, he said that the arrest figure has gone up to 1,039. Sarma...
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Child marriage in Assam: only 494 convicted out of 8,773 charge-sheeted

Guwahati, March 13: A mere 494 persons out of 8,773 people who were charge-sheeted for child marriage and POCSO cases in Assam have been convicted since 2017, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday. Replying to a query by Congress MLA Abdur Rashid Mandal in Assam Assembly, Sarma said a total of 8,773 people have been chargesheeted under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 (PCMA) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) between 2017 and February 2023. “A total of 494 persons were convicted and a...
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Crackdown on child marriage in Assam creating havoc in private life: Gauhati HC

Guwahati, February 15: Observing that arresting a large number of people in the crackdown against child marriage created “havoc in the private life of people”, the Gauhati High Court has said there is no need for custodial interrogation of the accused in such cases. The court also rapped the Assam government for slapping stringent laws like the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and rape charges on child marriage accused, and stated that these are “absolutely weird” allegations. Hearing a batch of petitions by a group of...
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Child marriage: Assam civil society says arrests not only solution, need to address root causes

Guwahati, February 12: The recent arrests of over 3,000 people allegedly involved in child marriages in Assam has created a divide in the civil society, with a section asserting that mere law enforcement cannot be the solution while some arguing that at least the law is being discussed and may proved to be a deterrent. More than 3,000 people allegedly associated with child marriages have been apprehended so far across Assam, and lodged in temporary jails, sparking protests by women who decried the arrest of sole breadwinners of their families....
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2,789 people held so far as crackdown on child marriage continues: Assam CM

Guwahati, February 10: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 2,789 people have been arrested so far during the ongoing crackdown on child marriage, which completed a week on Friday. The government has also initiated a process to take measures for the rehabilitation of “victims” of child marriage. “Now, total arrest – 2789. Crackdown continues,” Sarma wrote on Twitter. Though protests at various places by families of those arrested have been reported in the last few days, Assam Police spokesperson Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan had on Thursday said that no...
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